Another January deadline . . . new Texas vital statistics registry

November 7, 2018 Laura Hale Brockway

Texas physicians will be required to use a new system to submit death certificates beginning January 1, 2019. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) will introduce a new vital statistics registry system called TxEver  on January 1.

TxEver — which replaces the current Texas Electronic Register (TER) —will support all vital events operations, including reporting, registration, and amendments of births and deaths, DSHS said. The new system is reported to be more accurate and easier to use. 

In Texas, physicians are required to fill out an electronic death certificate within five days of receiving it or face penalties from the Texas Medical Board.

To train users on the new system, DSHS officials have been conducting in-person training sessions. DSHS is also offering online webinars through December 28.

For more information on TxEVER webinars and live-training sessions, contact the DSHS at, call (512) 776-3010, or visit the DSHS website.



More on Texas death certificate requirements (log-in required)

TxEVER website (includes user guides and other resources).





About the Author

Laura Hale Brockway is Assistant Vice President of Marketing at TMLT and has more than 17 years of experience in communications, 15 of those years with TMLT. Ms. Brockway has also worked for Seton Healthcare Family and the Texas Academy of Family Physicians. An honors graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Ms. Brockway holds an Editor in Life Science (ELS) certification from the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences. She is also a contributor to Ragan Communication’s PR Daily website and is the author of the blog, Laura Brockway can be reached at

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